Welcome to my ultimate guide to sweet potato.
I have to say that I am a huge fan of sweet potato and I have been enjoying them for a while now. But it wasn’t something that I ever tried until about two years ago. The way I always saw it was that white potatoes was cheaper, sweet potatoes were so small and its not like you could eat them in the same way as you could with a white potato.
So I would buy them rarely as a treat but over the last 12 months I have turned into a sweet potato addict. As I type this I know that I have about three medium sweet potatoes in my kitchen and that they will be used in some nice dishes later in the week.
Because sweet potatoes cost more, I seem to have a bigger plan in mind when it comes to eating them. This means that the meals that have my sweet potatoes in them always end up really delicious, though I do sneak in some sweet potato fries when I get the chance.
Here are my typical dishes that I use my sweet potatoes in:
- Sweet potato fries
- Chicken casserole
- Sweet potato mash (also great as a pie topping)
- Garlic sweet potatoes (perfect for on top of soup)
- Sweet potato and cauliflower soup
- Sweet potato and vegetable tray bake
- Baked sweet potato with mince
- Coconut chicken & sweet potato curry
- Sweet potato roasties (who said they had to be white potatoes)
- Sweet potato & butternut squash risotto
But first of all I am sure you want to know more about sweet potato….
What is sweet potato?
I love the definition given by Wikipedia for the sweet potato:
The sweet potato is a dicotyledonous plant that belongs to the family Convolvulaceae. Its large, starchy, sweet-tasting, tuberous roots are a root vegetable. The young leaves and shoots are sometimes eaten as greens.
Well I have never eaten the young leaves that is for sure 😉 I also note that it is used by a lot of Paleo followers for an alternative to white potatoes and because it is a vegetable it still has a lot of health benefits. If you want to be semi healthy then it doesn’t get any better than adding sweet potato to your casseroles and stews especially over these winter months when we crave something lovely and warm over winter.
What are the benefits of eating sweet potato?
For benefits the sweet potato is better for you than you would think.
These are probably the most famous benefits of the sweet potato but some of these you may not have heard of:
Low in calorie – 100g of sweet potato is just 86 calories.
Vitamin C – The sweet potato is very high in vitamin C something that we all need in winter to attempt to avoid a cold or the flu.
Excellent high carb alternative – Many people turn to sweet potato because it has better carbs in it than the white potato. It also doesn’t leave you as bloated or lethargic.
Versatile – When I mentioned the ten recipes above it was ones that came into my head quickly because there is just such a big range of dishes you can make with sweet potato.
High in vitamin D – This is the same vitamin that we get from the sun so it is perfect for the winter months.
High in magnesium – Magnesium is very high in sweet potatoes and is linked to improving depression. So if you have the winter blues then it is time to have more sweet potato.
Good for weight loss – because it is a low sugar release food and because of its other vitamins it is good for keeping your sugar levels better balanced and this results in eating less sugary produce.
What else can you cook with sweet potato
After my talented virtual assistants researched online for recipes with the delicious sweet potato, I went through them and chose my ten favourite recipes. All of these dishes are easy to make and make good use out of the sweet potato, as I am sure like with us you want to get your monies worth!
Actually I lied. After going through different blogs I realised there was so many nice ones that I expanded to 15!!!!
Top 15 Sweet Potato Recipes: